The 8 Best Laptop Cooling Pads to Buy in 2017

Keep your laptop from overheating and shutting down

Vanble Laptop Cooling Pad
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As much as we rely on laptop computers these days, there’s one truth we can all get behind: Continuous use gets them hot. Fortunately, the invention of laptop cooling pads offers not only a way to cool down your laptop (which helps extend its lifespan), but they also provide a little more comfort through ergonomics. With a sea of cooling pad options on the market, we’ve done the dirty work and put together a list of the best below.

Tree New Bee’s laptop cooling pad is a superb choice that works with ones sized from 15.6 to 17 inches. Built with four 12mm fans that blast air at up to 1200 RPM, the Tree New Bee is designed for one purpose, to help keep laptops cool and prevent crashes from overheating. The design offers two anti-skid arms built into the 16 x 12 x 1.5-inch metal platform that assists in drawing heat away from the laptop. The aerodynamic design can reduce heat by up to 20 percent when compared to a laptop without a cooling pad. It also offers a better ergonomic view and typing angle for reducing neck and back pain due to poor posture. To top off its feature set, the pad comes with an extra USB port and wind speed switch design. 

A standout choice in the space, the Vanble laptop cooling pad is a slim chill mat that works best with laptops between 15 to 17 inches in size (although smaller sizes will work just fine). Powered by three 110mm fans, the Vanble pushes out more than 1100 RPM via a USB cord that connects directly to your existing laptop. Ergonomically, the two-level height adjustable settings offer a little extra support for your back and spine, but the real benefit of the Vanble is its ability to quickly and effectively cool a laptop with its high-powered fans. Extra USB ports offer added compatibility with third-party devices, which boosts your laptop’s existing connection limit. And measuring a slim 1.1 inches, it hardly takes up any space on your desk.

The TopMate laptop cooler adds an efficient way to assist with airflow at a budget-friendly price. The dual 140mm fans offer 1000 RPM of power and the fans are placed along the bottom of the laptop areas most prone to overheating. The ultra slim and wide combination allows the .99-inch thick cooling pad to support between 10 to 16-inch laptops, including Apple’s MacBook, MacBook Air and Pro lineup.

Beyond cooling, the TopMate adds a small rise in the rear for extra ergonomic support allowing for a more comfortable typing and viewing experience. And when it comes to power, the TopMate isn’t dependent on its own battery, instead, it relies on plugging directly into a laptop for juice. Fortunately, an extra USB port is included for making sure you don’t lose the ability to add third-party toggles or devices. The plastic build has been drop tested thousands of times for extended durability.

If you’re willing to spend more, you’ll get a lot with the Deepcool M3 laptop cooling pad that's designed for computers between 12 and 15.6 inches. The extra pricing is because of the included 2.1-channel speaker system that has two tweeters and one woofer, which creates a 3D surround sound effect (there's also a 3.5-inch audio jack input).

Beyond its superb sound, the ergonomic design offers an increased angle of eight degrees to help reduce the strain on your back and spine. With wide compatibility for laptops, the 140mm fans run anywhere from 600 to 1100 RPM and create an air-flow environment that prevents overheating and extends the computer's lifespan. The adjustable fan speed also allows you to find the ideal place between speed control and noise, so you can cool down your laptop without distraction.

Few laptops on the market get hotter faster than a gaming laptop and when that happens, reach for the LotFancy adjustable cooling pad. Built for laptops between 11 to 17 inches, the LotFancy covers the gambit of gaming laptops and, with six height levels available, you can find your most comfortable view. Keeping the laptop cool are five quiet fans (four in the corners and one in the middle), generating 1000 RPM in total while dispersing the air across the bottom of the machine to keep air moving and heat from building up in one specific area. Two green LED lights alert you when the fan is on and blowing cool air, while the additional USB port can be used for other devices. Powered via your laptop, the LotFancy can run continuously while you’re gaming and then turn off while you’re performing regular computer tasks.

The Kootek laptop cooling pad has five built-in fans (a 5.9-inch main fan and 2.76-inch smaller fans) that power up to 1000 RPM. You can even choose the number of fans you want to work together, which allows for total flexibility. The pad doubles as a laptop stand and has six height-adjustable options alongside an anti-slip bottom for maintaining stability on a desk no matter what position the Kootek is in. The strong construction offers a whisper-quiet design that’s distraction free whether you’re gaming, writing a paper or getting that presentation ready for your boss. With dual-USB hubs, the Kootek adds the option to connect even more USB devices alongside your laptop for multipurpose activity.

Sleek and slim at just 1.2 inches thick, the Havit HV-F2056 cooling pad offers an ultra-portable way to cool your laptop while on the go. With two adjustable height settings, the Havit, like most laptop cooling pads, offers some semblance of ergonomic support. The laptop can be propped up just enough to take some pressure off your back and spine. The three 110mm fans spinning at 1000 RPM do a great job of reducing noise and thereby eliminating as much distraction as possible. The metal mesh design is lightweight and stable with a wear-resisting surface that won’t show marks even after years of use. Plugging directly into a laptop for power, the Havit can run as long as your laptop has battery life.

The Thermaltake Massive laptop cooling pad is composed of a durable plastic and has three different height adjustment angles for better ergonomics, but it’s the rest of the cooling pad that really stands out. Powered by dual 120mm fans putting out 1000 RPM, the fans can be manually or automatically adjusted for maximizing the cooling effect. Four adjustable temperature sensors are displayed on a multifunction screen that can read the heat on various points on your laptop and alert you when you need to activate or accelerate fan speed to cool it down. A turbo button automatically offers max power and a lock button reduces the chances you can unknowingly alter fan speed while in use.

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